U.S. home sales up 20% from last year

 During the 30-day sales period ending July 5, approximately 211,000 homes were sold in 98 of the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas, research firmDataQuick said Thursday.Sales overall rose 12% from the same period a year earlier and 10.6% from 2009 levels. Home prices also went up with the median price hitting $193,000 on July 5, up 6% from a year ago and 4.3% from three years ago.In a little over a month, the median sales price rose from $186,000 to $193,000.The DataQuick report analyzes 66.25% of all U.S. home sales, excluding the key markets of Louisville and Wichita.kpanchuk@housingwire.comhttp://www.housingwire.com/content/us-home-sales-20-last-year-dataquick